Early Medieval literature

See also: Ancient literature, 10th century in literature, list of years in literature.

This is a list of literature (texts and authors) dating to the 6th to 9th centuries (corresponding roughly to the Early Middle Ages). The grouping by century is somewhat arbitrary, as many texts of this period cannot be dated to a specific century with any certainty.

The list is chronological, and does not include epigraphy or poetry. For poetry, see: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th century in poetry. For early epigraphy, see List of languages by first written accounts.

During this period, a number of classical languages inherited from earlier epochs remain in active use (Chinese, Sanskrit, Latin, Greek, Persian, Hebrew). The same period also sees the rise of newly written vernaculars, partly replacing earlier literary languages (e.g. Old Hindi, Old French, Arabic, Germanic, Celtic, Turkic, etc.).


The bulk of literature in Classical Sanskrit dates to the Early Medieval period, but in most cases cannot be dated to a specific century.

The vocalized Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible developed during the 7th to 10th centuries.

The Old English Beowulf is dated to anywhere between the 8th and early 11th centuries.

Ecgbert, Archbishop of York c.732–766, establishes a notable library in the Northumbrian city of York.[1]

6th century

7th century

8th century

9th century

See also


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  2. ^ Fallon, Oliver (2009). Bhatti’s Poem: The Death of Rávana (Bhaṭṭikāvya). New York: Clay Sanskrit Library[1]. ISBN 978-0-8147-2778-2; ISBN 0-8147-2778-6.


  • Contreni, John J. (1991). "The Carolingian renaissance: education and literary culture". In  
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